Inaho Jr. High's Boys Ping Pong Club has only 6 members, the club minimum. Takeda is your average nice guy. Kinoshita is good looking and popular with girls. Unfortunately, the rest are branded as losers. Tanabe is too foreign, while Tanaka is petite and perverse. Maena and Izawa are truly deviant, and their crazed antics have earned the team some powerful enemies. In spite of their differences, the team needs to work together to retain their practice room and club status.
Ping Pong Club is the most twisted and perverted comedy ever with the funniest characters and situations ever... and i'm not kidding... it can also be considered as a cornerstone of exagerated/ecchi/comedy/schoolkids animes that would follow, like Green Green and even Great Teacher Onizuka.
The animation is not well mannered and without any cute intentions, even crappy... strange, after i called it that i still gave it a high grade, yes i did because that crappy animation gives it that funny feeling.. it just perfectly blends with the mood and the characters... I mean did you see their faces? the guys look like a bunch of
losers and perverts, and guess what, they really are like that.
The voice acting is very good, and the Bg music is well blended with the comedy part... I've also noticed the Op themes which are very very funny, just like Maeno's "Propeller" song
Well the bulk of the anime lies in the story and characters... well it's not a plot driven anime, not the kind that focuses all it's power on a goal reached at the end, nope it's the kind of story that i like to call "lifestyle story" cos it shows the day to day routine and problems the characters get into...
..and belive me when you have two perverts with loud mouths and tons of energy who do nothing else but exagerated practical jokes to other people like dressing-up-games, bullying, blackmail, stealing money, farting and all sorts of stupid plans (Maeno and Izawa.. they are one of the most original and best couples out there) ... then you have the sickest most twisted and perverted little quiet type of guy (Tanaka)... a big and really good-inside person that has the worts BO (Tanabe)... a Casanova kinda guy (Kinoshita), two evil teachers with some psycho problems, a secret Loosers Club organization with the sole purpose of making the hole school look bad so all the kids can be as stupid as the members of the secret club... and a love story between a counscios guy and a sadistic girl which has some anger management problem (Takeda and Kyoko)... well what more could you want? some sado-masochism, cross-dressing, nudity and lots more.
Value and Enjoyment:
Well don't worry this isn't a hentai and it could never bee since the show is about everything it can be exept romance... but still i wouldn't recomand it to kids.. this is more of a "toilet comedy" like American Pie... but for a teenager with a sense of humor this is a real goldmine... and can be rewatched over and over again just for the humor.
It's just strange how few people have seen this one, well since the animation isn't good and the girls aren't really cute i guess that the bulk of anime viewers didn't try it, since they were looking for cute panty shots and lots of cute girls falling in love with one spineless normal guy.. people can be soo shallow... lol but then again how can you call a guy that enjoys this???
Good and Bad points:
+funniest show ever (in a carefree but twisted perverse way)
+some of the most original characters ever (like no other you have ever seen)
-bad animation (although i found it apropiate)
-has tons of offensive and grows out material for the sensitive ones (not that i cared)
Well i laughed soo hard at this one that i couldn't keep my ass on the chair and i developed some agonising abdominal pain.. i recommend this to all the insensitive guys out there who wanna just laugh...
Ping Pong Club is one of those series that turns your mind upside down. Right about the first five minutes, where you lay your eyes on the characters and how they behave, you will immediately have a notion of what to expect for the rest of the series. And this is where you make a choice. You can choose to preserve your sanity and perfectly normal IQ level or go down that crazy roller coaster that is this series.Needless to say that you already know what turn I've taken. And I don't regret it, far from it. PPC is the perfect metaphor for all the
craziness that somewhat in our lives flashes trough our mind in one situation or another. Bear in mind that these "situations" are not the common ones, as you can see by the Age Rating (ranging from PG-13 on this website to Mature).
Every single one of these characters are brought to life and, whether their personalities are more or less demented, they express it perfectly as they go on with their daily affairs neglecting each and every moral law that is known to man.
Routine is simply a concept that maybe it hasn't reached that small room where the PPC spend their days doing everything else than practicing Ping-Pong.
Reaching the more technical part, every series needs a couple of technical characteristics that support the action. PPC, albeit not being generously gracious on what it does, both the sound and the art do their job. The art is raw and contributes to the dastardly look of the show, keeping the ambiance set. The models are fairly well animated tending to the date of the show but don't expect any jaw dropping material. Also don't expect any moderation on part of the animators. There is alot of explicit material and nudity (it literally flashes through your eye, as the animators tend to focus alot of attention on letting you know that that those contents are there). The sound is, in itself, quite catchy, especially the first opening scene, and it responds well to the ravaging acts of rampaging perversion and, here and there, soft, tender, moments. All in all contributes to an even greater experience.
So how does this show pull it off? It does it quite smoothly actually and with a rythm that from the start lets you know what to expect. To the unsuspected innocence right before you watch the beginning right down to the series of laughs goes a small step. Down to the end, its a fantastic experience and you will miss this bunch of perverted, maniac, shutdown-in-their-own-world, ping pong players (that's the best i can do and it does not fit them at all).
So now if you excuse me I have to move along cruising on my panda car. Pee pee po pee pee po po.
Ping-Pong Club is a path, a path you should take with an open mind and not because you've enjoyed Ping-Pong the Animation.
A path could not exist without any obstacles; don't let the first few series to fend you off.
You will encounter the worst imaginable and very perverted, eight-grade type of humour combined with crappy animation and little no storyline.
You just wait.
Ping-Pong is the only title where you will laugh about the farting jokes for 26 series straight, regardless of your education, background or social status.
Ping-Pong is the only title with absolutely realistic school girl and absolutely anime-cliche school girl sitting together in one
Ping-Pong is the only title where a totally perverted (and sometimes just plainly wrong) joke could be followed by one the best and natural romantic scenes you will ever encounter.
Ping-Pong is the only title with LITERAL character development...In many ways.
Ping-Pong is the only title where by the end of each serie you think you've seen it all just to be proved wrong the very next serie.
Ping-Pong is one of the few titles where there are no bad series; all 26 are amazing.
Ping-Pong is like Paris. You either like it or you don't. Anyway, you just need to watch it at least once.
Yes! At last an anime where most of the characters are total bastards! It is quite similar to Green green, but regarding perversion, this goes further. It's not a hentai, though. It's more about toilet humour, psychedelic cross-dressing, small penises and a fair amount of boobs.
This anime had me laughing out loud several times per episode, which is rare. I give it the same fun rating as Photon!
Ok, it doesn't look very fresh, but the character designs are good, and the animators must have set a world record in funny face creation.
Somewhat ok intro and outro tunes and the background music felt varied and suiting.
The voice acting was good, but there may have been a bit too much hysterical screaming.
The six members of the ping pong club mostly just goof around, with a new wierd delusion every episode. The only actual story components are a few romances and the threat of the club being shut down due to lack of members.
So... not much of a story, which is a bit of a shame. In 26 episodes, there were plenty of room for one. The final episodes feels a bit disappointing. There should have been a better ending. Not that I expected one.
Despite this, the consistency is actually quite high; little details like recurring characters, new friends, new haircuts and stuff are not forgotten between episodes.
Ever get sick of those tons of Shinji/Keitaro clones? This crowd consists of total bastards that are guaranteed to turn your anime world upside down!
This feels wierd to say, but I actually found most of the characters' behaviour to be somewhat rational. I often have a hard time buying anime characters' motivations, but these guys feel kind of human to me. Well, except for all the insane stuff, of course.
I liked all of the characters, but perhaps Maeno got a little too much screen time, and his voice can be really annoying in the long run (edit: Ok, just found out that Maeno shares voice talent with the monkey guy from Initial D. So there you have it).